Reading is SO fundamental.

Reading is SO fundamental! No, I didn’t just come to this realization; in case you were wondering. It’s just that sometimes the simplest things are so profound.   Anyway, the reason that I say this is because over the past year I’ve been on a JOURNEY! of sorts – to say the least. One day, I’ll have to write about it in more detail. But, for now here’s something that I want to share.

When you genuinely seek to know the truth, it’s amazing how God leads you to certain doors (in this case certain books and other reading material!) to help you unlock those mysteries that you’ve been trying to figure out; whether it be truth about yourself, your culture, your spirituality, etc.  So read folks, read for pleasure, for growth, for development, for wisdom, for intellect, for it all.

yours in continuous pursuit of bliss.

The best aspect of life is the process of evolving in the pursuit of knowledge.

Progress.

“Do not be impatient with your seemingly slow progress. Do not try to run faster than you presently can. If you are studying, reflecting and trying, you are making progress whether you are aware of it or not. A traveler walking the road in the darkness of night is still going forward. Someday, some way, everything will break open, like the natural unfolding of a rosebud.” ~ Vernon Howard

I saw this quote today and had to share it.  It reminded me that even when we think that we’re not making any progress, we actually are even though the outcomes are not tangible.  Keep pressing on and moving forward. You are making progress, the full effect of it will come to light soon enough.

Peace & Bliss.

On Intuition

Some quotes I came across that sum up intuition pretty nicely.

Intuition is a spiritual faculty, and does not explain, but simply points the way.  – Florence Scovel Shinn

Intuition is a subliminal sense Spirit endowed us with to maneuver safely throughout the maze that is real life.  – Sarah Ban Breathnach

Intuition is the gentle nudge or push from the Holy Spirit leading, guiding, and steering you into the direction that you need to follow to reap the most optimal benefits with the least negative consequences.  – Me

Devotion

How devoted are you to the LORD?

Are you much more devoted to the DESIRES that you have? than in your relationship with God?

These are some questions that I’ve had to ask myself today.  I wonder if I did not receive those desires because of my lack of commitment to prayer.

The word does say to pray without ceasing and often times when I don’t see the fruit of my prayers I will eventually stop praying for whatever that “thing” is at the moment.

However, I’m slowly learning that is not the correct approach.  God is far more interested in answering our prayers (if it is HIS will for us) when we make the sincere effort to go to HIM not only when it’s convenient for us.  He is interested in a friendship and intimate relationship with us by studying HIS word, praying to HIM, meditating on HIS word by seeking to understand his nature through study, journaling, asking questions, and applying what we glean from our quiet time with him.

 

 

Limitless

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. – Bruce Lee

In His Words – Ralph Waldo Emerson

To be great is to be misunderstood. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Personal Investment

In the beginning of any intimate relationship the best gift you can offer another person is the investment of quality time together. – Sarah Ban Breathnach

Lately, I’ve been super stressed with studies, kids, and homelife in general.  There are so many thoughts running through my mind and so many emotions happening at once and this quote brought me to an ‘aha’ moment.  I need some time to myself.  To spend time just being in my own company.  To take a long walk with myself.  To have lunch at the local cafe with myself.  To sit down and thumb through a glossy magazine without feeling guilty that I’m not being productive.  I need it.  I owe it to myself to invest time with myself and so do you.  It’s interesting how we make time for everyone else’s needs and wants but our own.  But, the truth is taking care of our personal selves is the greatest service we can do for those around us.

Continuous Improvement

Just as life evolves, you and I evolve.  We learn, we grow, we adapt, we change, we improve, we hurt, we heal…and then some.  Each day is like a new canvas to paint a picture and even if you make a mistake with your brush you can edit and make changes as you go along.  Life imitates art in that way, they both are works in progress and so are we.

F.O.R.W.A.R.D

Whatever task lies ahead of you this year, plan to move FORWARD.

F – finalize your goals.

O – order your plans.

R – risk failing (or succeeding) by taking action.

W – welcome mistakes.

A – advance at every stage.

R – reevaluate your progress continually.

D – develop new strategies as you go.

Adapted from Failing Forward by John C. Maxwell

HIS Goal

His goal is not to make you happy.  His goal is to make you his.  His goal is not to get you what you want; it is to get you what you need. – Max Lucado

When I first read this quote, I was so moved by it and I am still.  God wants us to belong to him.  How amazing is that!  In doing so, we experience joy and peace.  God wants to grow us up, challenge our way of thinking and behaving, to become less selfish and more selfless and grow more in Christ.  Of course it’s not easy but in the long run it’s worth it.

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